Paynetown State Recreation Area

  • Monroe Lake
  • Off Highway 446
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9546

This state operated recreational area on the northeast side of Monroe Lake offers electric and non-electric camping, a beach, boat rental service, a marina with gas sales and a camp store. The DNR-staffed Interpretive Center is located near the park entrance. Entrance fee or state park pass required.

Monroe Lake is also known locally as Lake Monroe and Monroe Reservoir.

Ghostly Gathering

  • October 28, 2016 - October 29, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

Complete details on our October Program Schedule at Campers AND day visitors welcome at all programs! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 Trick-or-Treat Bags from 3 to 5:15 p.m. Jack-o-Lantern Lore at 5:30 p.m. A Natural History of ZOMBIES at... Learn more

Lunch with Nature Series: Canada Geese

  • October 31, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at • Register by October 28. • Limited to 12 people, recommended for adults. • Location: Paynetown SRA Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the main presentation. Afterwards, there is a... Learn more